Cheesy Artichoke Bread w/ Bacon + Balsamic Glaze

Artichokes…are weird.


I never hated them, but I also never liked them. The only way I ever had an artichoke was smothered in cream cheese and mixed with spinach in spinach & artichoke dip. That was until I saw Geoffrey Zakarian make this shrimp artichoke pasta on Food Network. That guy can make anything look good. I made the dish he made one night and me and Chad fell in love with artichokes.


We started adding it to all of our dishes. Sandwiches, pizza, dips, EVERYTHING. So I figured, artichokes + carbs + bacon + cheese= AMAZING. I’ll start my diet tomorrow. How do people diet with a food blog anyway? That seems impossible to me. Maybe I should start posting some salads on here. Eh…that’s not gonna happen. Just like the 100 different times I told myself I’m going to start “running” or “do yoga”. I just need to come to the conclusion my daily work outs will consist of walking my dog. And my diets will consist of lots of carbs, cheese & bacon with a side of veggies. And red wine. Cause it’s good for my heart 🙂

Cheesy Artichoke Bread w/ Bacon + Balsamic Glaze


  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • balsamic glaze (NOT balsamic vinegar, this is reduced so it has a syrupy consistency. You can also make this yourself by simmering balsamic vinegar over the stove top for 20-30 minutes)
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop artichoke hearts into bite size pieces
  3. In a large bowl mix together, artichoke, sour cream, mayo, 1/2 of mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut ciabatta bread in half length wise.
  5. Spread artichoke mixture on each half and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  6. Place on baking sheet and bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle each half with crumbled bacon and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
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So enjoy a cheat meal with me today and make this bread!

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